English Tutor – Angela Berkeley-Owen
Angela holds a BA in English from the University of Sussex and a PGCE from Oxford University’s Department of Education.
Roles at and prior to MPW
I joined MPW in 1995 as a GCSE English Language and GCSE & A-Level English Literature tutor. Prior to joining MPW, I taught at Oxford High School for girls and in adult education for ILEA, later the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. I was an A-Level OCR examiner for 30 years.
What inspires you to teach?
I’m an avid theatre-goer so I enjoy taking my students to the theatre, particularly Shakespearean drama. Literature is a discursive subject and I enjoy discussion of different interpretations.
The small classes are hugely advantageous for the students… It isn’t threatening and students feel free to ask questions.
I have amazing colleagues and that is hugely special.
MPW beyond the classroom
We are passionately keen in the English Department on taking our students to plays, even if it’s not specifically a play they are studying but a play by the same writer or in a similar genre. Not only is it enlightening for the students, but it’s also good for their bonding. We show online productions in our teaching as well.
Angela beyond MPW
For many years I was a School Governor, in a Church of England primary school. My voluntary work now involves cooking for a local homeless centre. My interests are theatre, classical music and the ballet. I am a Francophile and speak French.